Find out how one of the greatest women’s teams ever, Carolyn Yabe (now Hubbard) and Stacy Anderson (now McCarthy) came together at Colorado State, started playing Freestyle, and soon after won their first World Championship in 1983. It was the Coloradicals that provided much of the inspiration and after joining the Grateful Disc Club, they “got the fever!” Hear about their shared journey of moving from the regimented sport of swimming to finding true joy in the self expression, creativity, and freedom that Freestyle encouraged. Find out their strategy for choreographing their routines. After listening to their memories of playing on Friday afternoons in the La Jolla Cove, you’ll be planning your next trip to San Diego.
Find out how Juliana Korver is preparing for her second FPA World’s Championship in Udine. Her desire to get better drives her to practice. A lot. Her success in Disc Golf was a catalyst for the regimen she currently uses, and it is quite impressive! Growing up, her mother’s encouraging words, “you can do anything” were motivating, but she knew that would come with a lot of work on her part. Juliana is finally enjoying using her skills more than building skills, and she’s excited about that. Get more insight about her videos and how they’ve helped her (and others.) Hear about how she experienced jamming in Prague vs. the Canary Islands. And finally, when Jake asks if she were told 15 years ago that she would now be playing Freestyle, what she would have said.
Jake, Randy, & Bill have a conversation about introducing new people to Freestyle and some of the reasons it’s so hard. It is more than teaching, it is inspiring people. When you find someone that has “the bug” you can see it, and it’s so cool! They also chat about the past and how Whamo managed to attract such big crowds to events. Oh, the good ol’ days of yesteryear….
How many people have YOU converted to Freestyle? We’d love to hear your success stories!
Jeff remembers some of the important, but forgotten players from his generation. He shares his perception on how the game has changed over the years and although the moves have become more technical, he questions the overall direction. Being asked to be in the Hall of Fame was meaningful for Jeff and he appreciated hearing that he’d made an impact on people’s lives. He now uses his passion for Freestyle to make the world a better place through his V-Disc Project. Here is the link to learn more.
Ilka Simon and Bianca Strunz won the Women’s Pairs division at the 2014 World Championships. In this episode, Ilka shares how factory work can lead to playing frisbee. For Ilka, Freestyle Frisbee was not love at first sight, but after experiencing the supportive environment, continued support from Boguslaw Bul and a little extra attention from the Beast, she was hooked. Hear why Ilka finds greater comfort in competing vs. jamming and why 2014 was one of the best years of her life.
It is hard to have the right words to introduce these two hall of famers, the amazing V-Brothers, Jens and Erwin Velasquez. They talk about their New Jersey roots and their introduction to Frisbee via Ultimate. But their real excitement was ignited when they went as spectators to the multi-faceted Frisbee Overall event called OCTAD in 1975. It was there that they watched in awe as Victor Malafronte, John Kirkland, Ken Westerfield, and others showed off their disc skills. From that point on, they were hooked. Before heading off for the summer to visit family in Peru, they bought a bunch of Frisbees to take with them. Listen as they recount entertaining the locals in various town squares, while unknowingly preparing themselves to become the next World Freestyle Champions at the Rose Bowl in 1976.
The combination of a trip to Sweden to visit Sune Wentzel, a Facebook post, and an invite from Randy to play in the FPA Worlds in New York, started her journey.
Juliana’s analytical approach and the documentation of her practice on social media tells the real story about how much time and dedication it takes to be a competitor. Check out her website to see her progress.
This has also inspired Jake to up his practice time!
In the end, it is truly the support and encouragement from the Freestyle community that keeps Juliana engaged and motivated to continue her new found passion.